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Bobby Seagull is a Maths Teacher at Chesterton Community College and Ambassador for Shell’s national STEM schools competition The Bright Ideas Challenge.

Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases throughout a building in the event of a fire. Therefore, when a fire door is held open, or is faulty, fire can quickly pass through the building, blocking escape routes and endangering lives.

A quick fire door checklist:

Leaders in education have come together to pen an open letter to the Secretary of State Damian Hinds, calling on the Government to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis head-on.

As the sugar tax comes into force, today results from the 2018 Child Measurement Programme (CMP) Annual Report show that childhood obesity has increased over the past two years.

Latest data shows more than one in four children assessed were overweight or obese in 2016/17. With the gap in levels of childhood obesity now 6.2 per cent between those living in the most disadvantaged areas (14.9 per cent) and the least disadvantaged (8.7 per cent).

Comedian Adam Hess hosted the 2018 Shine a Light Awards, a national awards scheme that celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.

Adam struggled with dyslexia and an immense fear of public speaking when he was younger. At the awards, which took place at Pearson’s headquarters in London, 17 individuals and teams across 10 award categories were recognised, as well as children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

For the last 3 years, Think Global has been running the Global Educator of the Year Award, which recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action.

During Stress Awareness Month, editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, about the mental health issues facing the teaching profession. 

Hitesh highlights the importance of recognising the signs of stress in staff, and the need for heads to implement better stress management within UK education.

The second Share a Pencil Day takes place on 23rd May 2018 to raise awareness for the 124 million children globally* who do not have access to an education.  

On Share A Pencil Day 2018, thousands of pupils in classrooms throughout the UK will share one pencil between two students to experience what life is like for children who cannot go to school or have to share the basic tools for learning like a pen or a pencil. 

Leicestershire playground specialist, Red Monkey Play, has announced it’s renewed membership with British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) - a leading UK trade body for Educational Suppliers - after a successful first year of being involved with the organisation.

The company’s membership has recently lead to Managing Director, Simon Winfield, being appointed as Chairman of the Early Years Special Interest Group and has therefore subsequently joined the BESA National Executive Committee.

Finalists for PA Consulting Group’s annual Raspberry Pi programming competition have been selected. The nine teams of school children will be presenting their inventions to nine expert judges on Tuesday, 17 April at the IET in London.

 

The correct type of lighting can significantly improve children’s learning, especially if it is natural light, research shows.

Full spectrum lighting, including sunlight and artificial lighting that replicated natural light, is known to improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and boost health. In turn, these improvements translate to a marked improvement in learning. 

St Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa, didn’t let a downpour stand in the way of a magnificent day of fun and fundraising for charity.
 
More than 200 pupils, staff and parents took part in a muddy fun run and enjoyed an array of fundraising activities – all to raise money and awareness for the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation.
 

The Cambridge Mathematics Symposium heard that the standard of maths in the UK is "not up to scratch" and experts are developing a new framework to address the problem in schools.

Representatives from the international mathematics community came together at the British Academy in London in March to hear a progress update on the new mathematics framework. 

A school has won a £750 prize to build a garden worthy of growing food for the healthiest packed lunch in Essex. The Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition was open to all primary and special schools in Essex. It encouraged pupils to design a kitchen garden plot and create a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using its produce.

From sexting to screen-grabbing: Charlotte Aynsley, Online Safety Consultant at RM Education and owner of E-safety Training and Consultancy, on what schools are dealing with when it comes to e-safety in an ever-evolving digital world.

While every school knows the importance of safeguarding in our digital world, it’s also important that they know and understand the most effective strategies to help safeguard their pupils online, both in and out of the classroom.